KICKOFF: Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Tv: FOX, Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (subject reporter).

Series Record: 25th frequent-time conference. Cowboys direct series, fourteen-10. The Falcons have won the previous two meetings, 39-28 in Dallas on Sept. 27, 2015, and 19-thirteen at the Georgia Dome on Nov. 4, 2012.

KEYS TO THE Activity: While neither the Cowboys nor the Falcons are sitting down where by they experienced hoped they would be, the Cowboys seem to be heading in the correct route.

But a crucial to the Cowboys’ skill to acquire for the fourth straight time arrived Thursday in New York when functioning back again Ezekiel Elliott was turned down in his attempt to get yet one more preliminary injunction that would have kept him on the subject for the rest of the time. He was denied and so begins his six-week suspension. Probably.

The NFL’s ongoing attempt to impose that suspension was a weekly drama for the Cowboys. Now with no Elliiott (probably), the Cowboys nonetheless have Alfred Morris and Darren McFadden as great stand-ins…

The Cowboys will test to establish the run. That is the basis of their offense, but it could occur in the form of quarterback Dak Prescott towards a Falcons defense that gave up 86 yards on nine carries to Cam Newton final week.

Defensively, the Cowboys have to cease the run and stress Matt Ryan and limit large plays to Julio Jones.

While equally groups are fighting to continue to be in postseason rivalry, the Falcons’ predicament is more dire. After a 3- get started, Atlanta has shed 4 of five and is averaging significantly less than 20 factors a game throughout that stretch. The group that averaged more than 32 factors per game in the to start with 50 % of 2016 has struggled below offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, who was employed when Kyle Shanahan still left to acquire the best career in San Francisco.

Now, Atlanta have to face a Dallas defense that has held its previous a few opponents below 20 factors in consecutive double-digit wins.

MATCHUPS TO Check out:

Cowboys WR Cole Beasley vs. Falcons CB Brian Poole. Beasley, who plays in the slot, has been a superior crimson-zone weapon for quarterback Dak Prescott. He has caught 22 passes for a hundred sixty five yards and 4 touchdowns. Poole has 4 go breakups, a sack and a few quarterback hits. Poole ready for Beasley by doing the job towards Taylor Gabriel and Marvin Hall in apply.

Falcons RT Ryan Schraeder vs. Cowboys DE Demarcus Lawrence. Lawrence is next in the league with 10.five sacks, becoming the defensive pressure the Cowboys were being hoping he would. In addition to rushing the passer effectively, he is stout towards the run. Schraeder has played effectively in go defense but has skipped some combination blocks with correct guard Wes Schweitzer in the functioning game.



–Out: K Dan Bailey (correct groin)

–Questionable: CB Chidobe Awuzie (hamstring), WR Dez Bryant (knee, ankle), DT Maliek Collins (foot), T Tyron Smith (back again, groin), TE Geoff Swaim (knee)


–Out: LB Duke Riley (knee)

–Questionable: G Andy Levitre (knee)

Participant Highlight: Falcons QB Matt Ryan. Ryan has thrown 11 touchdowns and seven interceptions. In his 2016 MVP time, Ryan threw a complete of seven interceptions — to go with 38 landing passes. This 12 months, he is on pace for 22 touchdowns and fourteen interceptions. By means of 8 video games a 12 months back, Ryan experienced 19 touchdowns and 4 interceptions.

Quick Specifics: Cowboys QB Dak Prescott passed for 249 yards and two touchdowns a week back. He has 10 rushing touchdowns considering the fact that 2016, the most by an NFL QB. … Now suspended, RB Ezekiel Elliott has 506 rushing yards (126.five per game) and six TDs (five rushing, one particular acquiring) in the previous 4 video games. He is next in the NFL with 783 rushing yards and is tied for the league direct with seven rushing TDs. Considering the fact that moving into the NFL in 2016, he ranks to start with in rushing yards (two,414), scrimmage yards (two,987) and TDs (25). … WR Dez Bryant has a TD catch in a few of his previous 4 highway video games. Considering the fact that 2011, he leads the NFL with sixty five acquiring TDs. … WR Terrance Williams experienced a vocation-substantial nine receptions and 141 yards final week. … TE Jason Witten ranks next among TEs in NFL history in catches (one,124) and acquiring yards (12,207). … DE Demarcus Lawrence ranks next in the NFL with 10.five sacks. He has a sack in seven of 8 video games. … LB Sean Lee led Dallas with 12 tackles in Week nine. He experienced 10 tackles and a sack in the teams’ final conference. … DL David Irving has six sacks and a pressured fumble in his previous seven video games. … Rookie DE Taco Charlton experienced his to start with vocation sack final week. … Falcons QB Matt Ryan is one particular of 4 gamers with 250 TD passes in his to start with 10 seasons. He has thrown a TD go in 27 consecutive video games, the longest energetic streak. … RB Devonta Freeman rushed for 141 yards and a few TDs the final time he faced the Cowboys. Considering the fact that 2015, he ranks 3rd in the NFL with 3,824 yards from scrimmage. … WR Julio Jones led the Falcons with six receptions for 118 yards in Week nine. He experienced 12 catches for 164 yards and two TDs in the final conference. … LB Vic Beasley has seven sacks and a few pressured fumbles in his previous 8 dwelling video games. He has 19.five sacks considering the fact that 2016, 3rd most in the league. … S Keanu Neal experienced 8 tackles, a fumble restoration and a vocation-substantial two pressured fumbles final week.

PREDICTION: While the Cowboys have scored at the very least 28 factors in six straight video games, and the Falcons are just one-two at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the Atlanta offense nonetheless has the weapons to make plays.

OUR Select: Falcons, thirty-28.

–Ched Whitney

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